Media gears for IPU assembly

THE National Assembly of Zambia has prodded the media to publicise the forthcoming first ever Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) assembly scheduled from March 9 to 23, 2016 in Lusaka.
The assembly is expected to attract around 1,600 delegates from across the world and is envisaged to raise Zambia’s international profile.
National Assembly deputy clerk for administration Cecilia Mbewe said Parliament is working towards enhancing and ensuring a harmonious relationship with the media and help build capacity among journalists to enable them to report accurately on parliamentary issues.
Ms Mbewe said the National Assembly will also endeavour to enhance interest of the media in parliamentary reporting and educate them about the forthcoming 134th IPU.
She said this during the official opening of a two-day media training workshop in Lusaka yesterday.
Ms Mbewe said the workshop is timely as it has come when the National Assembly is preparing to host the 134th IPU and related meetings.
The IPU, which will be held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, is expected to attract delegates from about 130 countries represented from the 167 member parliaments and an average of 40 speakers and deputies of parliament.
“This workshop is also aimed at strengthening the capacity of the media in parliamentary reporting without breaching parliamentary regulations. This workshop will afford you the opportunity to interact and have open discussions with key officers of the National Assembly on how you can balance press freedom and contempt of the House.
“You may be aware that any media report that wilfully misrepresents or distorts and projects perverted accounts of debates amounts to a breach of privilege and contempt of the House and the House has the right to punish for such breaches,” said Ms Mbewe.
The IPU is also expected to attract six of the 10 associate members from among others the Andean, European, Latin American parliaments, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and 40 official observer delegations, including representatives from the United Nations.

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